The Forty Rules of Love: Elif Shafak

Reviewed March 2021

A quest infused with Sufi mysticism and verse which takes Ella, and us, into an exotic world where faith and love are heartbreakingly explored.

Ella has a husband, three teenage children and a pleasant home. Everything that should make her confident and fulfilled. Yet there is an emptiness at the heart of Ella’s life – an emptiness once filled by love.

So when Ella reads a manuscript about the thirteenth-century Sufi poet Rumi and Shams of Tabriz, and his forty rules of life and live, she is shocked out of herself.Turning her back on her family she embarks on a journey to meet the mysterious author of this work.

Discover the forty rules of love for yourselves.

(c350 pages) (2010) ((Hardback)(Paperback) (Kindle) (Audiobook)

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The Guide Istanbul

“It is also important to remember that Rumi’s poetry is not a manual or textbook for Sufism. Sufis chose to write poetry because—through metaphor, image, rhythm, and sound—they could hint at higher states of consciousness that cannot be described in ordinary prose. In the words of a Sufi saying, trying to explain Sufism is like “sending a kiss by messenger”—the message can never come close to the original experience.”

“Bestselling Turkish author Elif Şafak has drawn on Sufi themes in her novels and sees parallels between the Sufi path and the work of a writer. “I think writing is a very irrational process that requires the ego to wither away, at least during the process of creativity. One needs to connect with the universe and learn empathy. Both storytelling and mysticism are transcendental in the sense that they take us beyond our given identity, beyond our dogmas and ghettos,” she told The Guide Istanbul.”

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